Bell's Oberon Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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Reviews:
1,751
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6,628
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
24.28%
 
 
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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Cloudy orange yellow appearance with a huge white head. Lacing was minimal but present.

Smell- Not much but I could detect a biscuit aroma with a citrus aroma as well.

Taste- Very citrusy with a nice clean wheat taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A great summer beer but overall nothing too impressive.

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Photo of charlzm
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 03/26/08 at Hopjacks in Pensacola, Florida.

Medium unfiltered yellow beer. Modest head.

Aroma of wheat. No cloves, bananas, etc... present.

Unremarkable mouthfeel up front. Flavor is typical American wheat ale: a little sweet, a little metallic and almost all wheat. Some subtle lemon notes appear and are welcome. It might be my imagination, but I thought I caught a hint of a clove flavor in there. Some parching as beer sits in the mouth a moment.

Not a favorite style of mine, but a very drinkable example.

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Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark yellow hue with a white wispy head and minimal trail down the glass.

S: Malty wheat aroma with a grassy background and slight hops.

T: Similar to the smell there is a malty wheat aroma that is on the grassy side and finishes slightly hoppy.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Good wheat beer – refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of EvoRich
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pale yellow, slightly hazy. Decent head, forms a foamy ring.

Smell: Very wheaty, bread, grains

Taste: Roughly the same. The grains and bread hit very hard at the end.

Feel: Light bodied. Good carbonation. Refreshing on a hot day.

Overall: A good go-to beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good offering from the Bell's family of beers. Poured out to a dark golden yellow color with a medium head that maintained a presence all the way to the bottom of the glass. Strong notes of citrus and fruits were detected from the get go. Flavors of wheat, citrus and biscuts were noted most. This brew also had a unique smoothness, almost reminding me of butter. Finished smooth and slighly bitter. Not a bad beer at all. Recommended.

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Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tedwarhc. Batch 10384, bottled 04/27/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw color with a finger of white foam for a head. Head reduces to a thin white cap but does leave some decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma is wheat, floral and lemon/citrus-like. Definitely more wheat than floral or lemon. Maybe some spice. Probably slightly stronger than a typical wheat beer but the characteristics aren't unexpected.

The taste follows very closely with the nose. The wheat flavor is unmistakable and stands out above the others. Light floral hops plus some citrusy notes are present as well. Slight spiciness, not a lot but noticeable.

Light/medium body with medium carbonation. Definitely feels light on the palette. Carbonation quickly dissipates as the beer warms leaving it to feel pretty smooth going down.

Pretty much in line with a standard beer of the style, perhaps everything is kicked up a notch, or at least seems that way. Probably very refreshing on a hot summer day, especially if you wanted to consume a few.

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Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a hazy golden brew, with some floating particles and an average, white head with very little retention.
Aroma is wheat-like, yeasty, cloves perhaps and some citric fruits, most noticeably oranges, but the smell also fades away quickly.
Light to medium in body, it is midly hoppy, perhaps more than I like for a wheat ale (I know, this is a pale wheat ale), but also has some cardboard taste in there suggesting oxidation.
Average, and I believe there are many better wheat ales out there, imports and americans.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell: citrus some spice a little lemon.
Taste: is pretty much like the smell citrus lemon some spiciness you get some of the wheat in the finish along with some spice.
Feel: it's pretty crisp and refreshing.With a light to medium body.
Overall: this beer is underwhelming in the smell and taste departments. It is nice and refreshing and is a nice summer beer. But noy really worth the hype it gets in Michigan where i live. But still it's a decent beer but not great.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After attending a Bell's brewery launch party last weekend at Barleys Taproom in Greenville, SC. I was very excited about purchasing my first Bells six-pack and giving it a proper review.
Pour a hazy tangering-amber/lemony color, v ery nice fluffy white heasd caps this brew. Active bubbling, looks readyto drink!
Smells of musty wheat grains, yeast comes through in a slighty spicy note finishes dry,lemony-sweet, almost a meyer-lemon note in there.
Upfront in flavor, creamy sweetish citus. Almost like candied orange peel, or dried apricot. The wheat flavor comes into balance with a nice hit of mustiness, however sweetish fruits dominate. A fine bit of lingering yeast spiciness is left on the palate, leaving your tongue tingling for another sip. As I drink, even candied ginger comes to mind. I do enjoy this sweetness, however, its as refreshing as a cool glass of lemonade on a hot day.
Drinkability is good, however, I personally prefer a German Hefe or Belgian Wit over the American Wheat style. I would like to cook with it however, A nicely spiced, gingered Thai noodle dish, or very must Muenster cheese would marry beautifully into this brew This is a good offering, and now that it's finally avaliable in SC I see myself buying this brew in the hot summer months ahead.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft in a pint glass

A: Hazy, straw yellow color with a spongy white head.

S: Subtle aroma that’s kind of bitter with pine or floral hints. I was having trouble picking up the aroma from a draft beer poured into a pint glass, very much used to catching it from an empty bottle.

T/M: Medium to high carbonation, some citrus, floral hops, very crisp and refreshing, it’s very smooth and almost has a creamy texture.

I know it’s a wheat but it tastes more like a pale. It’s a great beer, I just wish I had stuck with it for the entire evening.

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Photo of malcontent
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange, bubble-riddled body. A fizzy head is short-lived.

The yeast pushes forward a bready aroma that quickly gives way to apricots and honey. Mild orange scent creeps up on the finish.

It's been a while since I've had an Oberon but I don't remember that wheat malt coming through this much. There's not nearly as much citrus on the finish as I recall and towards the finish the beer becomes almost doughy. There's almost a hefeweizen quality about the brew.

Thicker body with only a somewhat crisp finish. All-in-all, I'm not overwhelmed by this. I'm not sure what the deal is because back when Bell's was available in Illinois this used to be a go-to beer. Three possible explanations; 1)It's December and I'm drinking a summer beer that just may not be fresh (not Bell's fault) 2)my palate has changed dramatically in the last few years (nobody's fault) or 3)this bottle could be the result of Bell's somewhat spotty quality control (most definitely their fault). I look forward to next summer when Bell's should (hopefully) be back in Chicago; I'll find out once and for all what's going on.

Thanks to kryptic for the trade

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Photo of walleye
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#101 on rate beer.com starting over with a mich beer.poured hazy golden with average size white head with lots of floaties. aroma malts, fruity, yeast, orange and hints of lemon.flavor sweet with some bitterness orange,banana, and hint of honey. had this after working outside in the heat (88)and the beer was very cold It was pretty good as it warmed the taste started to deminish

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Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

L: Pours a hazy deep amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head.

S: Biscuits and wheat... fresh hay and grains. Mild hops.

T/F: To me the taste was biscuits and grains... not as complex as most wheat beers (lacking the yeasty notes) and a bit more hops than usual for the style. Carbonated and a bit zesty.

O: Not a bad beer... easy drinking, but nothing terribly special. Certainly doesn't taste like a wheat beer... more like an ale crossed with a very mild IPA. A good session beer and coming from Bell's you know it's well made.

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Photo of LaurenZ
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mildly fruity and hoppy. Has some wheat and citrus peel flavors. Not as bold as would be expected with the aroma. It smells sweet, citrusy and summery. It has a bitter finish but is overall crisp and with a good carbonated feel.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good little summer beer here. Its very light and crisp and a little citrusy. I'm not a huge wheat fan so this didn't overwhelm me but it was one of the better ones that I've had. It wold be rather tasty on a hot ass summer day. It went well with the cheese and cracker I was eating.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
Served in something close to a pint glass. the beer is hazy-golden with a thin white head. There is quite a bit of sediment in suspension and in the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is full of lemon zest, citrus, wheat and florals. It has clean and smooth wheat flavor with a little bit of banana.

Mouthfeel is a little bit thicker than it should be and slightly sweet. Overall it's a very nice beer for summer.

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Photo of Mojo
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very cloudy (due to lots of particulate) pale gold. There was about a one finger white head with good retention and a fairly good amount of lacing. Smell is very subtle with some bread, apples, oranges, and grassy notes. Taste is very mild, almost no bitterness, just about perfect for a hot summer day. Honestly I expected more from this, but it is not bad at all, just not spectacular.

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Photo of tronester
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with lots of floaties. Smells like grain and a bit of vinegar. Taste begins with a dry earthy, citrusy flavor, followed by some grain, and finishing with some tartness. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a decent beer, though not my favorite from Bells.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a cloudy and hazy darker yellow. Some chunks of yeast can be seen suspended in the beer despite a careful pour. Head settles out to a thin collar.

Smells of wheat, citrus and a general yeastiness. Nothing sticks out too much.

The flavor begins with an initial smooth wheat flavor. No real fruitiness. Finishes with a fairly assertive hop bitterness. Bitterness is well short of a pale ale, but stronger than most American wheat beers.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side do medium bodied. Medium level of carbonation.

Straightforward American wheat ale with an enjoyable hop presence that leaves the yeasty wheat flavor intact. A good summer brew, but climbs up a bit in abv compared to many others in the same style. Not out of place though.

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Photo of partains
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pale golden yellow/orange
Smell: strong citrus and fruity
Taste: orange and mild spice and hop
Overall: I enjoyed how refreshing and crisp the beer is and my pallet liked the fruit/citrus flavors

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Photo of Hoptrollop
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised when I found out this was a wheat beer, it was while I was drinking my second glass. Once I knew that I could pick up some of those attributes but mainly in the nose and mouthfeel. The hops really overwhelm the wheat but then the finish is sweeter then the usual pale ale.

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Photo of morimech
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a bright white head that settles to a cap that leaves quit a bit of sticky lacing. It is an unfiltered beer so there is some sediment floating about the beer.

The smell is of wheat malt. A little yeast also sneaks in.

The flavor is of wheat malt with a slight citrus hint. It is a refreshing beer with a clean finish and abundant carbonation. Good for a warm day. A bit late in the season for this one but I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 2 finger head withe excellent retention and a cloudy orange color with little particles of yeast floating around.

Smell has some lemony/grassy characteristics. Citrus wheaty in your face smell. Could be a bit stronger, but it is nice nevertheless.

Taste has some pale malt sweetness in fron with some lemon juice followed by grass. The bitterness on the end leaves a bit of an odd combination for me. Too much lemon can lead to a little bit of off flavor. The off flavor is just a thorn in my side for this one.

This beer is crisp but the off flavors cling a little bit too much. There is a bit of an overabundance of lemon and it creates a bit of an off flavor. This one is decent enough though.

Thanks to unionturf for the sample

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oberon was a fruity surprise, but watery to the mouth. It had that run-of-the-mill beer look, although it had decent lacing down the glass. There are distinct scents of oranges or maybe even tangerines that you can taste distantly from the hops. It was light and refreshing if not bold and filling. A decent beer - one that you want to try if you had enough of the darker variety for a while.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking for this since it was brewed again. on tap served in a standard pint glass

a: light straw yellow color, slight 1/4" head with fair retention. Did reduce to lace rings around my glass. slightly cloudy but not much compared to other wheat styles.

s: light aroma, slight citrus and wheat

t: to be honest, I found the taste to be bland. I found it to be well balanced, but did not really notice much citrus character. the most I found was a slight sweatness from the wheat and perhaps any spice used.

m&d: light mouthfeel, extremely drinkable

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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